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The sum of two numbers that differ by one is x. In terms of x, what is the value of the lesser of the two numbers?
a. x+1/2
b. x/2
c. x-1/2
d. x/2 -1
e. 2x+1/2

asked by Stephen
  1. smaller number n
    larger number n+1

    n + n+1 = x
    2n = x-1
    n = (x-1)/2

    none of your given answers are correct, unless you meant to type c) as (x-1)/2

    posted by Reiny
  2. n+(n+1)=x
    2n+1=x
    2n=x-1
    n is the lesser of two numbers

    posted by Mgraph

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